Electronic-Jazz Producer & Keyboardist ANOMALIE Shares “Bond” (Piano Version) Ahead of UK/EU Tour
September 2, 2022 BY George Chammas
Today, the multi-faceted, Montreal-based electronic producer and keyboardist Nicolas Dupuis (aka Anomalie) shares a stripped-down piano version of his popular single “Bond.” The track is taken from his record Galerie, released earlier this year. As he built out his home studio in mid-2020, the upright piano became an inspiring centerpiece for his latest album. Listen to “Bond” (Piano Version) now on all digital retailers (here)
Anomalie explains what it was like to strip the song back to its core:
“I’ve been wanting to make solo piano versions of my songs for a while now, and with ‘Bond’ it was a really fun challenge,” explains Nicolas. “It resulted in something that I wouldn’t have necessarily written or played that way if it was made for piano only in the first place. It forced me to find other ways to arrange the main ideas from the original into something that could explore and benefit from the full range of the instrument.”
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Anomalie will soon embark on the European leg of his tour starting at the Jazz Around Festival in Poland. Find the full list of dates below and more information at https://anomaliebeats.com/tour.
ANOMALIE ‘GALERIE WORLD TOUR’ DATES:
SEPT 16&17 Moszna, Poland @ Jazz Around Festival
SEPT 18 Prague, Czech Republic @ Futurum Music Bar
SEPT 20 Milan, Italy @ Santeria Toscana 31
SEPT 21 Rome, Italy @ Alcazar Live
SEPT 22 Bologna, Italy @ Locomotiv Club
SEPT 23 London, United Kingdom @ Oslo Hackney
SEPT 26 Berlin, Germany @ Gretchen
SEPT 27 Paris, France @ New Morning
SEPT 29 Copenhagen, Denmark @ DR Koncerthuset Studio 2
SEPT 30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Fasching
ANOMALIE IN THE PRESS…
New & Notable – Bandcamp Daily
“Here’s a dose of psychedelic jazz we didn’t realize was missing… showcasing Anomalie’s lovely piano improvisation.” –CBC Music
“Nico Dupuis has always had subtle jazz elements to his soulful approach, building a catalogue that touches on sub-zero climes…” –CLASH
“The year is looking bright for Montreal electronic producer Nicolas Dupuis, known worldwide as Anomalie…a multi-faceted artist, Dupuis’s style combines cutting-edge electronic production, jazz and classical harmonies, and virtuoso keyboard skills.” – COMPLEX
“With Masego’s vocals floating over Anomalie’s skilled production, the song emphasizes the darker side of being a working musician in the industry.” –E! Online
“…fascinating new track…” –Jazziz Magazine
“In a massive collide of classical, jazz, and funk the listener gets a thrilling taste of Dupuis’s musical world, filled to the brim with musical anomalies.” – Ones to Watch
“He combines bouncing, funky keys and jazzy productions in a dreamy way that’s immediately recognizable as Anomalie.” – This Song is Sick
Nicolas Dupuis is never far from home. As Anomalie, the shape-shifting production project he unveiled in 2016, Dupuis has channeled his musical upbringing (his mother, a piano teacher; his father, a host on Radio-Canada), formal schooling, and stage-seasoned chops into two companion EPs — Metropole and Metropole II — the Chromeo collaboration Bend the Rules, and now his long-form debut, Galerie.
Dupuis’ music has taken him around the world and back, powering two sold-out tours spanning North America (Red Rocks Music Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Electric Forest), Europe, and Asia — plus, a social audience now into the millions, and earned endorsements from contemporaries like Charlie Puth, Snarky Puppy, and others. On-stage, Dupuis honed an astute balance of electronic production, progressive jazz harmonics, and hip-hop rhythms with a four-piece group, reinventing genres known for their slippery, expansive definitions.
But by mid-2020, the world had changed. Those sold-out shows? Replaced by next-door neighbors. Dupuis and his girlfriend decided to settle into their own space in Montreal, buying their first home, with a designated personal studio where Dupuis could re-discover his momentum. As lockdowns began to recede from view, Dupuis returned to the studio ready to channel his prismatic influences into Galerie.
The result is a delirious genre fusion inspired by D’Angelo, J. Dilla, Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds, Herbie Hancock’s Sunlight, and Robert Glasper’s Black Radio. You might call it Cubist, with each song revealing a new side, depth, or angle in Dupuis’ sound. Together, these tracks aren’t just an exhibition; they’re a resounding thesis, a road map tracing how consonant styles overlap and interact. By reinvigorating jazz harmony, Dupuis is slyly driving broader audiences to discover or renew their love for the foundational components in today’s voices.